Joey Badass was yet to graduate when he released ‘1999,’ his career-launching debut mixtape. Now, six years on, the tape that launched his career is finally on Spotify. We take a look at the samples underpinning Joey’s debut, exploring production from DOOM, Lord Finesse, Knxwledge and many more.
As part of our focus on Madlib, we're delving into his extensive and intimidating catalogue. This week, we look at his four multi-instalment album series: Beat Konducta, Rock Konducta, Mind Fusion and Madlib Medicine Show.
Boogie Down Productions’ second album, By All Means Necessary, is 30 years old. The classic 1988 LP helped shape politically-conscious hip hop, spurred by the untimely death of a founding member of the group. In this piece, we look back at the seminal album and the samples that underpinned it.
Daytona, Pusha T’s third solo album, is finally here. After three years of waiting, and a handful of false starts, the seven-track, Kanye produced record marks the beginning of Yeezy season. In this instalment of our Behind… series, we look into the samples underpinning Pusha’s new effort.
Jeru The Damaja’s ‘The Sun Rises In The East’ is a minor East Coast classic. Though obscured by a swathe of impressive East Coast efforts, Jeru’s debut finds him at his creative zenith alongside producer DJ Premier. In celebration of its 24th anniversary, we’ve broken down the samples within.
Whilst almost all industry awards shows are a race to the bottom, The GRAMMYs are impressively terrible. In order to make sense of it all, we’ve looked into two key questions: why is hip hop so consistently maligned, and what are the hallmarks of a GRAMMY winning album?
Samples and interpolations are two of the most artistic ways to pay homage. Repurposing classic tracks and lifting from deep cuts shows both appreciation and knowledge, equal parts a reference and a flex. In our third Purple piece, we look at five great Prince samples.
Zach Braff is best known for his role as JD on Scrubs, but his influence over the show's soundtrack made him an unlikely mid-2000s tastemaker. From Scrubs to Garden State, we look at the generation of indie music that Braff helped popularise.
Tyler The Creator's fourth album, Scum Fuck Flower Boy, has cemented him as one of hip hop's most engaging emcees. Conor looks at his long come up, from reviled edge-rap poster boy to uncommonly introspective artist.
The Roots' tenth studio record, Undun, is a triumphant concept album exploring the tragedy of urban poverty and the role of opportunity in inner-city crime. We look at the acclaimed LP and the forces that influenced it, including The Roots' already long and prosperous career and their then-new gig on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Conor reflects on the short-but-sweet career of piano-rock group Jack's Mannequin, the trials that shaped them and the heartfelt music they left behind.
Leaks: a fact of life and the bane of the music industry. Internet-era artists must contend with the unpredictable and high-stakes reality of unauthorised leaks, an ever-present threat that costs them time and money... but who actually leaks music? From unscrupulous hackers to devious colleagues and untrustworthy critics, here's a look at how unreleased tracks emerge.
Toro y Moi might have emerged from the 2010 Chillwave movement, but a spate of fantastic records have proven Chaz Bundick's versatility. Though he's long been an indie darling, are we taking him for granted? Here's a primer on Toro y Moi's bumper career.
Donald Glover and Daniel Dumile are the creators behind two of hip hop's foremost alter-egos. Their different approaches to their aliases helps illuminate the strange intersection of music and theatre, a seldom discussed aspect of popular music.
At the turn of the century, rap supergroup Deltron 3030 crafted one of hip hop's finest concept albums. Conor Herbert breaks down the rise of the members - Del The Funky Homosapien, Dan the Automator and Kid Koala - and looks back at their seminal LP.